This apple pie is both salty and sweet, but its salty ingredient will blow your mind

Anyone who’s ever eaten before (and that should be all of us) knows that salty and sweet flavors often complement each other beautifully.

This wholly unique apple pie was created by Emily and Melissa Elsen, the brains behind Brooklyn pie shop Four & Twenty Blackbirds, and its recipe was recently featured in Garden & Gun. It’s both salty and sweet; the sweetness comes from the usual apple pie ingredients — apples, sugar, maple sugar — while the saltiness is thanks to… salt pork. Seriously.

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Would you be willing to make (or even sample) a salt pork apple pie?

You will need:


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cold water


  • 6-7 baking apples
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup maple sugar
    • If you can’t find it, make it with ¾ cup sugar + 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of Angostura bitters
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ to ½ pound of salt pork (depending on fat content)
  • Egg wash
    • 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon water, pinch of salt whisked together

Get the full recipe from Garden & Gun.

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